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1/6/2016 5:00 PM

As the calendar turns over and we welcome a new year, it's important to take some time to reflect on where we've been and how far we've come in the past 12 months. 

Personally, I really enjoyed my time at the cottage over the holidays reflecting on the highlights of the past year at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

It is so incredible to see how much we have accomplished in one year!

January 2015 – We hosted the Patient Safety Education Roundtable and started the early conversation on the Patient Safety Education Network.  We will host the next Network meeting in Toronto on February 11, 2016.

February 2015 – Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors (MHHLS), on behalf of all regional health authorities and provincial organizations in Manitoba, became a Global Patient Safety Alerts contributor. They are the fifth Canadian organization to do so and hopefully not the last!

March 2015 – I started as the CEO of CPSI. What a change to come from an organization of 12,000 to an organization of 35 people. I have never questioned my decision and I have loved every minute of it! We also partnered with Royal College on the release of the CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework.

April 2015 – In partnership with Alberta Health Services, we hosted one of the most successful webinars in CPSI history . . . "When Caring Hurts; Helping Helpers Heal". Nearly 1,000 sites were on the line to learn about the second victim in patient safety incidents.

May 2015 – More than 1,150 sites across Canada took part in STOP! Clean Your Hands Day, our annual hand hygiene and infection prevention and control awareness campaign held in partnership with Accreditation Canada, Infection Prevention and Control Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

June 2015 – CPSI hosted a roundtable to begin the process of transforming Safer Healthcare Now!  in Toronto (set to launch this summer). We also launched an innovation speaker series as a professional development opportunity for staff.

July 2015 – After several years of featuring patient accounts of harmful incidents, we turned our lens on healthcare providers. Five courageous individuals came forward to share their stories of how harm directly impacts them in their lives and work. The videos we recorded this month were a well-received highlight of Canada's Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement later that year.

August 2015 – After a year and half of consultation and development, we proudly unveiled CPSI's new website, an amalgamation of seven websites into one central location for all things patient safety and quality improvement.

September 2015 – We hosted out Annual General Meeting and Consortium meeting in Toronto. We also released our Annual Report and a fresh edition of Hands in Healthcare, our annual Canadian Patient Safety Week companion magazine, as well as the Never Events for Hospital Care in Canada report in partnership with Health Quality Ontario.

October 2015 – Patient safety dominated the Canadian healthcare landscape as thousands of sites and healthcare providers took part in Canadian Patient Safety Week (600 packages delivered)  and Canada's Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (more than 1,100 viewers from 500 plus sites in 7 countries).

November 2015 – Seeking greater relations with our fellow national healthcare organizations, members of the CPSI team initiated a series of partnership meetings with some of our closest allies: Accreditation Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

December 2016 – With several new board members in the fold, we held a board retreat in Edmonton, allowing our Board of Directors to come together and begin the process of mapping out CPSI's future.

WOW! That's an incredible amount of work and it only skims the surface of what we've accomplished this year!

I can't wait to see what 2016 brings!

Do you have personal healthcare highlight of 2015 to share?
I'd love to hear from you. Email me at

Yours in patient safety,
Chris Power